Timeline

Since its creation, ITN has been at the forefront of British media. From our early years as the independent provider of news to the newly formed ITV sixty years ago, we have evolved to become producer of news services for all of the UK’s commercial terrestrial broadcasters, as well as a thriving independent production company and archive sales business.

Our interests now span all aspects of content creation across broadcast and digital, and we are recognised as a leading producer of television, commercials, online media, sports programming and much more besides.

Explore the ITN story below.

1954

January

ITN was established under the 1954 Television Act as a national news division for the regional ITV companies.

1954 Jan


1955

22 September

Christopher Chataway presents the first ITN news bulletin on ITV at 10pm.

1955 Sep


1967

3 July

ITN launches News at Ten, the first half hour bulletin on commercial television.

1967 Jul


1969

January

ITN moves to ITN house on Wells street.

1969 Jan


1972

16 October

ITN launches the Lunchtime News on ITV.


1976

30 August

ITN launches the Early Evening News on ITV.


1980

January

ITN is the first UK news company to move from film to Electronic News Gathering (ENG)


1982

January

ITN wins the contract to supply Britain’s newest broadcaster – Channel 4

1982 Jan


1986

January

ITN is first to operate a mobile satellite operation (SNG)


1992

January

ITN begins producing Independent Radio News (IRN) for commercial radio stations across the UK.


1996

January

ITN journalists are first to move to a tapeless newsroom


1997

January

ITN launches Five News

1997 Jan


1999

January

ITN launches weekend editions of Channel 4 news


2000

August

ITN and NTL launch the ITN news channel on 1 August.

August

ITN provides Orange with the first ever WAP news site.


2002

October

ITN sells its share in the ITN news channel to Carlton and Granada. ITN continues to produce the channel when it relaunches in October.


2003

March

ITN is first to produce video news for 3G mobiles

March

ITN launches News at Noon for Channel 4


2004

March

ITN makes its first move into regional news production with ITV London News

April

ITN news unveils award-winning state of the art virtual reality studio.

2004 Apr


2005

May

ITN On launches first live made-for-mobile news channel on Orange

May

ITN launches More4 News

December

ITN closes the ITV News Channel


2006

January

ITN becomes a shareholder in Espresso Group

February

ITN wins an unprecendeted 8 RTS awards across ITV and Channel 4 bulletins.

February

ITN unveils the biggest DAM system in Europe. The system enables ITN to digitise store and future-proof footage for sales business ITN Source.

February

ITN opens Beijing Bureau

September

ITN forms ground breaking video production alliance with Telegraph Media Group.


2007

November

ITN launches Setanta Sports News


2008

September

Teachers TV News launched

September

ITNsource.com relaunched


2009

April

News at 10 wins a BAFTA for coverage of the Chinese earthquake

June

John Hardie joins ITN as chief executive officer.


2010

February

ITN Productions launched

April

ITN’s Alastair Stewart moderates the historic first televised leaders’ debate.

2010 Apr

 

November

Tom Bradby conducts the exclusive interview with Prince William and Kate Middleton

2010 Nov


2011

May

ITV News at Ten named News Programme of the Year by BAFTA and the Royal Television Society

May

Channel 4 News appoints Cathy Newman as its first new permanent presenter in 13 years

2011 May


2012

February

ITN begins producing 5 News for the second time

2012 Feb

February

The Agenda with Tom Bradby launches, produced by ITN Productions for ITV

The Agenda

August

ITN Source News supplies broadcast facilities to international television companies at the 2012 Olympic Games in London

Olympics


2013

June

ITN Productions wins deal to produce Barclays Premier League football clips for subscribers to the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times


2014

January

ITV News launches On Assignment, a new monthly current affairs strand fronted by Rageh Omaar

2014 January


2015

February

ITN triumphs at Royal Television Society Awards

February

ITN won eight awards at the prestigious RTS Awards, including Daily News Programme of the Year for ITV News, and Presenter of the Year for the second year running for ITV News at Ten presenter Mark Austin.

Timelines

May

ITN launches ITNedu, a new education product providing publishers and digital learning providers with captivating video of real world events, hand-picked from the ITN Source archive.

Source Edu